UAE weather: Warm day, dusty at times, sunny to partly cloudy skies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other emirates



UAE residents can expect a warm day with mostly sunny skies in general across the country.

According to the National Centre of Meteorology, the weather will be “clear to partly cloudy and hazy at times and it’s going to be a rather hot day.”

A warm breeze will blow across the country during the day. The NCM said: “Light to moderate Southeasterly to Northeasterly winds, freshening at times, will result in blowing dust and sand over some areas with a speed of 10 – 20, reaching 30 km/hr.”

The highest temperature recorded over the country yesterday evening was 42.3°C in Um Azimul (Al Ain) at 2:45pm and Saih Al Salem (Dubai) at 1:45pm

The maximum temperature in the country is expected to be between 37 and 41 °C and the lowest temperature is expected to be 18-23°C.

In the coastal areas, temperature highs will be between 33-37°C, and 23-29°C in the mountainous regions.

The NCM also said that relative humidity is expected to increase by night and Wednesday morning, especially over coastal and internal areas, causing fog and mist formation over some eastern internal and northern coastal areas.

Humidity will be moderate in the UAE with 65-80 percent in the internal areas whereas in the mountainous regions it is expected to be 45-60 percent.

The sea will be slight to moderately rough in the Arabian Gulf and in Oman Sea.



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NBA: History made as Westbrook sets triple-double record



Los Angeles: Russell Westbrook wrote his way into NBA history on Monday, bagging the 182nd triple-double of his career to break Oscar Robertson’s 47-year-old record.

Washington Wizards star Westbrook, who had equaled Robertson’s record of 181 triples on Saturday, sealed his record-breaking triple midway through the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.



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UAE: Mohamed bin Zayed receives Eid greetings from Kuwait’s Emir, Crown Prince



Abu Dhabi: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, exchanged Eid Al Fitr greetings with His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, and His Highness Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Crown Prince of Kuwait.

In separate phone calls, Sheikh Mohamed conveyed the Eid greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Kuwaiti leaders, wishing them continued health and happiness and further welfare, progress and prosperity to the Kuwaiti people.

The Kuwaiti Emir and Crown Prince extended their best congratulations to the UAE leaders, praying to Allah Almighty to preserve the welfare, prosperity and security of the UAE and its people and to grant Sheikh Khalifa continued health and happiness.



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Premier League: Fulham relegated after Burnley defeat


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London: Fulham were relegated from the Premier League with a 2-0 loss at home to Burnley on Monday that assured the Clarets of their top-flight status.

The result meant London club Fulham would join already-demoted West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United in the second-tier Championship next season.

Scott Parker’s side had to avoid defeat on Monday to maintain their slim hopes of beating the drop.

But those hopes were all but ended by first-half goals from Burnley’s Ashley Westwood and Chris Wood.

Fulham manager Parker responded to a 2-0 derby defeat by Chelsea by recalling Aleksandar Mitrovic and Kenny Tete to his starting XI.

By contrast, Burnley boss Sean Dyche made no changes to a side that lost 2-1 at home to West Ham last week.

Burnley were twice denied early by Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, before they went ahead in the 35th minute when Westwood, found at the back post by Matej Vydra, slotted the ball into the net.

The visitors then doubled their lead a minute before the break when Wood let fly with a shot into the top corner.

Areola appeared fortunate to stay on the field in the 67th minute when, after he had raced out his area, the ball appeared to come off he keeper’s arm as Vydra tried to go around him.

But there was no VAR intervention, with officials deciding Areola had escaped a red card because the presence of a covering defender meant there had not been a denial of a goalscoring opportunity.

VAR is not empowered to recommend a booking, hence the lack of even a yellow card.

But if that was a fortunate break for Fulham, their luck ran out at the other end of the pitch in the 70th minute when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s shot beat Burnley keeper Nick Pope only to bounce clear off the underside of the bar.



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UAE: Mohamed voices concern over violence in Occupied East Jerusalem


His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
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Abu Dhabi: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received a letter from Jordan’s King Abdullah II dealing with bilateral ties and the current situation in the Occupied East Jerusalem.

The letter was delivered to Sheikh Mohammed by Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh during a meeting in Qasr Al Shatie in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The letter dealt with the strategic relations binding the two countries, ways to develop them in various areas and the latest developments in the Occupied East Jerusalem in view of the current situation, as well as their joint work to enhance security and peace in the region.

Sheikh Mohamed expressed his concern over acts of violence in Occupied East Jerusalem that resulted in the injury of a number of innocent civilians. He reiterated the UAE’s condemnation of all forms of violence and hate that contradict human principles and values.

Sheikh Mohamed highlighted the importance of ending practices and acts of aggression that lead to a state of tension in the holy city and the need to stop any practices that violate the sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque.

They discussed a number of regional and international issues, with a focus on the latest developments in the Arab region and the situations in the Occupied East Jerusalem.

Sheikh Mohamed was briefed by Al Khasawneh on efforts led by King Abdullah as the guardian of Islamic and Christian holy shrines in Jerusalem in light of the current developments in the holy city.

Sheikh Mohamed underlined Jordan’s pivotal role and historic stands in protecting Islamic sites in Palestine and preserve their identity.

They exchanged greetings on the advent of Eid Al Fitr, hoping the occasion will bring good and peace to Arab and Islamic countries and the entire world.



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UAE: Sheikh Mohamed receives letter from Jordan King Abdullah


His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
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Abu Dhabi: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received a letter from Jordan’s King Abdullah II dealing with bilateral ties and the current situation in the Occupied East Jerusalem.

The letter was delivered to Sheikh Mohammed by Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh during a meeting in Qasr Al Shatie in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The letter dealt with the strategic relations binding the two countries, ways to develop them in various areas and the latest developments in the Occupied East Jerusalem in view of the current situation, as well as their joint work to enhance security and peace in the region.

Sheikh Mohamed expressed his concern over acts of violence in Occupied East Jerusalem that resulted in the injury of a number of innocent civilians. He reiterated the UAE’s condemnation of all forms of violence and hate that contradict human principles and values.

Sheikh Mohamed highlighted the importance of ending practices and acts of aggression that lead to a state of tension in the holy city and the need to stop any practices that violate the sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque.

They discussed a number of regional and international issues, with a focus on the latest developments in the Arab region and the situations in the Occupied East Jerusalem.

Sheikh Mohamed was briefed by Al Khasawneh on efforts led by King Abdullah as the guardian of Islamic and Christian holy shrines in Jerusalem in light of the current developments in the holy city.

Sheikh Mohamed underlined Jordan’s pivotal role and historic stands in protecting Islamic sites in Palestine and preserve their identity.

They exchanged greetings on the advent of Eid Al Fitr, hoping the occasion will bring good and peace to Arab and Islamic countries and the entire world.



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UAE: Mohammed bin Rashid issues law for CEOs, DGs in Dubai Government


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Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued Law No. (8) of 2021 on the Dubai Government’s Human Resources Management for Chief Executive Officers.

The new Law is applicable to civil CEOs working in all departments subject to Dubai Government’s Human Resources Management Law No. (8) of 2018. The new Law is valid from its date of issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.

Sheikh Mohammed also issued Law No. (10) of 2021 partially amending Law No. (8) of 2013 concerning Dubai Government’s Human Resources Management for Director Generals. The new Law is valid from its date of issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.

According to Law No. (8) of 2021, the CEO is appointed by a resolution issued by the Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai. The Law also specifies the financial benefits, performance indicators and holidays for CEOs and the procedures for their transfers and secondment.

Pursuant to the new Law, the CEO does not hold any civil liability for any action or negligence related to the performance of his duties, and the department holds the sole civil liability for such action or negligence without prejudice to the department’s rights to file a case against the CEO if the actions or negligence have been committed intentionally or due to grave fault.

The new Law substitutes Law No. (2) of 2015 on Dubai Government’s Human Resources Management for Chief Executive Officers, annuls Decision No. (1) of 2015 pertaining to the salaries and incentives of CEOs in Dubai Government and any other legislation that contradicts or challenges its articles. The Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai will issue the resolutions required to implement this Law.



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UAE: Mohamed bin Zayed, Bahrain Crown Prince discuss regional developments


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Abu Dhabi: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Monday His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, at Al Shati Palace.

Prince Salman conveyed the greetings of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to Sheikh Mohamed, and his best wishes for continued health and happiness for them and further progress and prosperity for the UAE. They also exchanged greetings on the advent of Eid Al Fitr, wishing continued welfare, prosperity and progress for the leadership and peoples of the two brotherly countries.

Sheikh Mohamed asked Prince Salman to reciprocate his best wishes to King Hamad and to the Bahraini people.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the fraternal relations between the two countries and their people, which are based on solid foundations of brotherhood, mutual respect, understanding and joint cooperation. They also tackled regional and international developments of concern to the two countries, and exchanged views over the challenges and crises besetting the Arab region and the Middle East.

The meeting was attended by Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports Company.

Attending the meeting from the Bahraini side were General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Finance and National Economy.

Prince Salman arrived in Abu Dhabi earlier Monday and was welcomed by Sheikh Mohamed and Lt. General Sheikh Saif.



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Champions League venue update: Uefa has issues with switch to London from Istanbul



Uefa has given the British government until Tuesday to offer the travel waivers it requires to move the Champions League final to Wembley or the all-English game could be played in Portugal instead.

The May 29 showpiece between Chelsea and Manchester City is set to be moved from Istanbul after Turkey was added to England’s ‘red list’ of countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks, presenting challenges for fans to travel.

Portugal is on England’s ‘green list’ of 12 low-risk territories where people aren’t required to quarantine upon their return from next Monday, making it easier for thousands of City and Chelsea fans to be able to travel.

Porto is one of the back-up options after Uefa hit snags with its preferred location of London.

Uefa held talks with the British government on Monday but was unable to secure exemptions from quarantine for everyone they want to be able to attend a final in London — including sponsors of the Champions League, their guests and media.

Uefa has given the British government until Tuesday to decide whether authorities can offer all of the travel waivers required.

Switzerland, where Uefa is based, is among the amber list of countries from which people arriving in England have to quarantine for 10 days, albeit organised individually rather than via the mandatory hotel isolation in place for arrivals from red-list countries.



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Eid Al Fitr 2021: Eid prayers to be held across UAE



Abu Dhabi: Eid prayers will be held in approved mosques and prayer grounds across the country, with the facilities closing immediately after the sermon.

The announcement was made during a media briefing today by the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) during a media briefing.

The entire prayer and sermon will only last a total of 15 minutes.

The mosques will also open only 15 minutes before prayer time, but ablution spaces will continue to remain closed.

Worshippers must continue to wear masks at all time, and maintain physical distancing before and after the Eid prayer services.

The elderly above the age of 60 years, and children aged 12 years and younger, are recommended to stay home for their own safety.

Designated volunteers and officials will direct entry and exit from the mosque in order to avoid congestion, the NCEMA has added.



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